Bright lights and loud announcements; noisy neighbors and crying children; barely enough legroom to actually fit your legs... Traveling by plane isn't always the most comfortable experience, especially when you're trying to sleep.
In the past month, I've taken a few red-eyes — both domestic and international — and was quickly reminded how difficult it is to get some shuteye in the air. After a rough six hours of tossing and turning, I wondered — how do some people do it? To find an answer, I decided to turn to a reliable crowd of frequent flyers and discerning shoppers: my coworkers.
Truth is, there are some things about flying you can't change. The guy sitting next to you may decide to keep that bright overhead reading light on the entire flight. Turbulence might jolt you out of a great nap. A flight attendant might have to wake you up for a number of reasons. While all of this is out of your control, you can get some of that control back with a little preparation and the right products on hand. Below are 6 products we actually use to help us sleep better on flights:
- A hooded pillow for support and comfort
- A quality set of earplugs that help you get some peace and quiet
- A sleep mask that blocks out bright light
- A non-habit-forming sleep-aid that’ll help you stay asleep for hours
- A nice pair of noise-cancelling headphones to block out loud sounds
- A supportive neck pillow